• RIP Phil Lynott (1949 - 1986)

    5 Jan 2008, 01:42 by redaxe90

    22 years to the day and it still feels like it happened yesterday. Phil Lynott was an artist beyond comparison. The world would never be the same again, now that the Black Rose had felled it's last petal.

    But we have the memory to warm our hearts, hearing his thumping bass and his unique, soothing voice. Thin Lizzy had run it's course, but the music will live on, forever.

    Rest in Peace Phil. Your memory will live on, forevermore.
  • Rock and Metal - 2007 musical summary, fuck yeah!

    31 Dec 2007, 15:29 by MATI9630

    Ok, you won't find here The Apostasy or another Dark Passion Play. You won't find here weak albums neither. Why only so high ratings? Because I don't listen to the stuff I don't want to - I am not fucking reviewer! So here we go, yaay.

    3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up The Blades
    I am a bit disappointed about this stuff... Not bad, quite good, but nothing really special. 6,9/10
    Genre: heavy metal

    Arch Enemy - Rise of the Tyrant
    Goood, solid album, I'd say. 8/10
    Genre: melodic death metal

    Clutch - From Beale Street to Oblivion
    Hm, quite nice stoner rock here. 7,8/10
    Genre: stoner rock

    Dark Tranquillity - Fiction
    Kicks ass. 9/10
    Genre: melodic death metal

    Derdian - New Era Pt. 2 - War Of The Gods
    Average. 6/10
    Genre: symphonic power metal

    Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
    Best of 2007 IMO. You don't agree with me? Fine. 10/10

    Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden
    Has its good sides, but overall nothing interesting. 5,5/10
    Genre: rock

    Ensiferum - Victory Songs
    Now, this will blow your mind. And Petri is very good vocalist too, he isn't worse imo than Jari. Well, maybe a little. 9,3/10
    Genre: folk metal

    Helloween - Gambling with the Devil
    Niiice :P. 9/10
    Genre: power metal

    Lessdress - Sugarfree
    Now, this is so fucking underrated that this is unfair... 8,5/10
    Genre: hard rock

    Megadeth - United Abominations
    Very fucking good. 9/10
    Genre: thrash metal

    Monstrum - VIII Dzień Tygodnia
    What can I say... it is indeed very good. 9/10
    Genre: heavy metal

    Nanowar - Made in Naples
    The best metal parody that you can find. Also, really good music :P. 9/10
    Genre: comedy, heavy metal, power metal

    Nuclear Blast Allstars - Out Of The Dark
    Copy of Roadrunner United, huh? Maybe, but at least they don't play shitty metalcore, just pure melodic death metal (other album = power metal, but I haven't listened to it yet.) 8,5/10
    Genre: melodic death metal

    Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain
    Good. 7,5/10
    Genre: heavy metal

    Pain of Salvation - Scarsick
    It's crap and a masterpiece in one thing. Seriously! n/a/10
    Genre: um.. progressive... metal?... nvm.

    Paradise Lost - In Requiem
    Awesome. 9/10
    Genre: gothic metal

    Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
    Hard to get into this one, really.
    Genre: progressive rock

    Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
    Eargasm. 9/10
    Genre: rock

    Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement
    Another masterpiece. 9,7/10
    Genre: progressive rock/metal.

    Scorpions - Humanity - Hour I
    I didn't expect that this album could be sogreat. 9/10.
    Genre: hardrock, a little bit progressive, I'd say.

    Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead
    I got bored of it quickly... but still pretty good... 7,5/10
    Genre: alternative metal

    Soilwork - Sworn to a Great Divide
    I though it'd be crap, but I got disappointed :PP 9/10
    Genre: melodic death metal

    Sonata Arctica - Unia
    Hard to get into, but if you will - then God will bless ya. 9,8/10
    Genre: Progressive/power metal

    Symphony X - Paradise Lost
    Nice ^^ 8,9/10
    Genre: progressive/power metal

    Tenacious D - The Pick of Destiny
    Fucking awesome :d 9/10
    Genre: rock, comedy rock

    Therion - Gothic Kabbalah
    Genre: symphonic metal

    Velvet Revolver - Libertad
    Very good. 8/10
    Genre: rock.

    and now
    the best
    of fucking the best
    Xan Arcanist - TRU3 M3T4L 0F ST33L 1337 H4X W00T SL1PKN0T SVX C0CK
    Words are meaningless...
    Genre: a lot.

    Feel free to comment :)
  • 70k and counting.

    9 Sep 2007, 02:02 by redaxe90

    Tonight I'm reaching the milestone of 70,000 played tracks. Since I've been listening to Iron Maiden all day I thought it only prudent to keep listening to them until the goal was reached, and thensome. So to finalise the matter, I added my 5 favourite songs to the Winamp playlist and here are the songs in no particular order:

    Paschendale, from Death on the Road
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner, from Live After Death
    Phantom of the Opera, from Live After Death
    Blood Brothers, from Rock in Rio
    The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg, from A Matter of Life and Death.

    Then I decided to randomise the playlist a few times, to see how it would pan out; and, to be honest, with only two songs to go, my obvious song to nail the landmark with would have been Paschendale, but since I can't fight the random factor, it ended up with song number 70,000 being The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg.

    I can't complain really, especially since I love all of those songs a lot. The songs are basically from two different eras of Iron Maiden's career, part recent, part 80s. I could of course have tried to play my long favs list, but then again I think it would have been overkill and of course since I'm about to head to bed anyway, I reckoned that playing the music in the kitchen, while the whole family was tucked away in their respective beds, was cheating and I refuse to do that.

    I'm not going to bother too much with stating which songs are rated from 1-5 in my list. That's something that can be found in the Iron Maiden forum here on Last.fm.

    Happy listening to one and all and I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend, not to mention that the moments prior to this should have been great as well.

    Rock On :D
  • Great things happen at times

    15 Jun 2007, 13:02 by redaxe90

    And for me, this time was Wednesday the 13th of June, at 6:28am GMT. That's the time when my first child was born and it was a strapping lad, 3.6kg (8 lbs) in weight and 52cm (Around 20 inches) in length.

    To celebrate his birth, I've started listening again to some of my old favourites, bands like Michael Schenker Group, Accept, Thin Lizzy, Megadeth and loads more. It reminds me of the days gone by, when I was so thirsty for hearing from new artists, that anything would get my attention. Some bands may even be forgotten by now. For example, how many people have heard of bands like Destruction, Armored Saint, Toxik or Possessed?

    Unfortunately I don't have all of their songs in digital form, so it's back to the vinyl for me, but it's still worth it, because those are great memories indeed. Some of the bands were quite good, others not so good, but still influential. I reckon I'll be set to listen to some of the children's stuff that my girlfriend packs here somewhere, but that's alright, because my little boy is worth every second of it.

    I hope you don't mind my adding this to your group, because the birth of a new baby is always such a wondrous occasion. I will also understand it if you decide not to accept it, because it's your right to do so.

    Thanks to anyone who found the need to read this, I just had to get it off my chest.

  • The Download Festival

    11 Jun 2007, 13:28 by redaxe90

    Last night I was watching the webcast from the Download Festival at Castle Donington. The reason for my being glued to my computer monitor was of course the presence of the maestros themselves, Iron Maiden. For the most part, they played songs from their latest studio album, A Matter of Life and Death to the great reception of the Donington crowd. The of course this was the 25th anniversary of a little know album called Number of the Beast. They played quite a few songs from that album, along with a few crowd favourites like The Evil That Men Do and Fear of the Dark. The quality of the gig was absolutely phenomenal, as we've come to expect from the lads in Maiden land. Even a slip on the stage monitors by Bruce Dickinson during The Trooper didn't stop them from delivering a really great set. Bruce made it all look so natural and that it was all a part of the set, so most people probably missed his little slip.

    All in all a highly enjoyable gig and I really have to give my congratulations to the people who were lucky enough to be there for the gig. The rest of us will have to keep the image of Bruce's slip to humour us for the next few months.

    The full track list is posted at Tawarwaith's journal and it's called Let me tell you a story to chill the bones... (Iron Maiden, 6.6.2007, Ostrava, CZE)
  • 60k plays :D

    5 Mar 2007, 06:56 by redaxe90

    Blimey, it's happened.

    I was happily listening to music last night when I found out that I was closing in on the 60k marker. So I started planning and plotting the course, and as I'm writing this little entry, song number 60.000 is running it's course. I had to choose something that reflects my musical taste to the tee and what's better than Paschendale, encoded in Ogg Vorbis?

    Of course my listening habits vary from time to time and I listen to a wide variety of music all the time. This was just the perfect song to nail down that landmark.

    So happy scrobbling, I know I'll keep it going.

  • Why do people....

    16 Jul 2006, 13:28 by redaxe90

    ...enjoy Pop Idol, American Idol and all that pish? It's absolutely dreadful in the uninspiring way the songs are murdered by people who don't know how to express themselves through their own music.

    ...like radiofriendly crap that's being systematically fed to them on the fuckin' radio? Come the fuck on people, try to get a grip and decide for yourself what's good music, not just let those annoying DJs decide for you.

    ...still believe that bands like Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slayer, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and quite a few others are satanists? Are those people on hallucinogenics? Get a grip!!

    ...believe it when pop musicians say they're in the business because of music? What a load of garbage. They're in it for money and pussy, THAT'S IT FOLKS!

    The only genre where things are constantly evolving and progressing is Metal. Jazz seemed to die when Frank Zappa passed away, because he had a knack of knocking everything on the head. I'm not going to sub-categorise the metal genres, because to me it doesn't make any sense anyway. Either music is good or bad, nothing more, nothing less.

    So don't let the fucking brainwashed radio monkeys dictate your listening habits, develope your own and be proud. Otherwise just crawl into a crapheap and die, because you're missing out on life.

    [end of rantage]
  • Your Greatest Metal Vocalists

    25 May 2006, 06:12 by narcotized

    Put your favourite 'Metal' vocalist here, irrespective of the Sub-Genres. Mine is a pretty big list; tried really hard to keep it short, but its dosent happen =(. I just had to mention the following names who makes me their greatest fan. |m|

    Matt Barlow - Ex: Iced Earth
    Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth - Overkill
    Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow , Dio, Ex: Black Sabbath
    Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson
    Ray Alder - Fates Warning
    Sir Russell Allen - Symphony X
    Mikael Åkerfeldt - Opeth, Ex: Bloodbath
    Abbath (Olve Eikemo) - Immortal, I
    Herr Morbid (Ferdinando Merchisio) - Forgotten Tomb
    Apollyon (Ole Jørgen Moe) - Aura Noir
    Chuck Schuldiner - Death
    Nicklas 'Terror' Rudolfsson - Runemagick
  • 20 questions

    5 May 2006, 11:42 by Crimson77

    1. Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
    My Tarot collection is pretty impressive. Almost perfct.

    2. What was the last song you listened to?

    3. What's in your CD player right now?
    Viva Emptiness

    4. What was the last show you attended?
    Katatonia and Novembre at Lutakko, Jyväskylä 28th April 2006.

    5. What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
    Maybe my first Iron Maiden concert at Hartwall Areena, Helsinki 30th June 2003.

    6. What's the worst show you've ever been to?
    Murderdolls opening Iron Maiden at Hartwall Areena, Helsinki. That was something absolutely horrible.

    7. What's the most musically involved you have ever been?
    I used play bass when I was a kid.

    8. What show are you looking forward to?
    Kaartamo Kettunen Kuustonen at Häyrylänranta Blues.

    10. What is your favorite band shirt?
    I like my Stone logo and The Trooper T-shirts very much.

    11. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
    Hmm... I bet I'd have fun time with Marco Hietala or Ville Laihiala.

    12. Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?

    13. Who is one band/artist you've never seen live but always wanted to?
    Look at the previous answer.

    14. Name 4 or MORE flawless albums
    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    Spell of Iron
    No Anaesthesia
    Master of Puppets

    15. How many music related videos/DVDs do you own?
    Only about dozen.

    16. How many concerts/shows have you been to, total?
    Maybe hundreds.

    17. Who have you seen the most live?
    Well, maybe Timo Rautianen & Trio Niskalaukaus. They used to be on every festival some years ago.

    18. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
    Conan the Barbarian

    19. What was your last musical "phase" before you wisened up?
    I used to listen to lots of euro dance when I was a teenager.

    20. What's your "guilty pleasure" that you hate to admit to liking?
    I do not hate to admit liking anything. I like lots of different music and I'm proud of it!
  • Another landmark!

    21 Feb 2006, 22:24 by redaxe90

    I've just passed the 35000 song landmark and the one that hit the spot was Tears of the Dragon. An excellent song from a truly supremely talented singer, Bruce Dickinson.

    As a member of Iron Maiden, he's raised the bar of how to create quality music and quality lyrics. And that's where the magic of Iron Maiden comes in. They make everybody else pale in comparison to their live acts and their album quality. Take note, you bastards from the media.

    The elections for the new leader of the Iron Maiden group is finished, with yours truly being voted as the man for the job. I'm still searching for ways of making a few members be recognised as official joint leaders, but I don't know if that will work.

    Enough of that now, have fun you loonies